"I Can't Tell You Why" as written by and Timothy B. Schmit Don Henley....
Look at us baby, up all night
Tearing our love apart
Aren't we the same two people who live
Through years in the dark?
Ahh
Every time I try to walk away
Something makes me turn around and stay
And I can't tell you why

When we get crazy
It just ain't to right (try to keep you head little girl)
Girl I get lonely too
You don't have to worry
Just hold on tight (don't get caught in your little world)
Cause I love you
Nothing's wrong as far as I can see
We make it harder than it has to be
And I can't tell you why
No, baby, I can't tell you why
I can't tell you why

Every time I try to walk away
Something makes me turn around and stay
And I can't tell you why
No, no, baby, I can't tell you why
I can't tell you why
I can't tell you why


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"I Can't Tell You Why" as written by Timothy B. Schmit Don Henley

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  • +4
    General CommentThis is about a man that wants to walk away, but there is something about this woman that makes him stay every time.
    zacsteron April 16, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti know, huh? it does sound like it uses a drum machine. the same exact beat throughout the entire song almost. but, you could look at it as constant, just like the love that he feels for her. it is constant and strong, no matter what.
    i think that in this song, he is just wondering why it is that they have to be fighting and arguing so much when they love each other, you know? "make it harder than it has to be"
    and yes. its the type of song that you would wanna drink on a cold rainy night. also, its the type of song that you'd wanna dance with your girl to makeup after a fight, after all, that's what the song is about, trying to make up..and that guitar solo towards the end of the song is chingon, too!!!
    scarface2on December 06, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is song is off the hook.
    Outsideron June 04, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about a couple who know that they can't make the relationship work. He tries to leave but because he loves her, he keeps coming back, though he doesn't know why.
    stormgirlon July 26, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYeaaahhhh... so I guess there's not much interpretation to be done trying to figure out the meaning of this song.

    All's I know is it destroys me when I listen to it because it reminds me of that girl who I let get away,,, and still talking to her after all this time confirms what I thought... she wasn't ready, then when she was, thought I wasn't ready... then when I was ready... etc., etc.

    Ugh. I'm sure one day I'll be able to listen to this song and not be reduced to a puddle... well, pretty sure... LOL
    chicagoanon February 23, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song
    Irellaon February 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOddly, I think this song uses a drum machine.
    Fluffyinsanityon January 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, it does kinda sound like it uses a drum machine, doesn't it? I've never read anything that confirms that, though, so I'm assuming it to be false.

    Anyway, this has always been one of my favorite Eagles songs. Great, smooth stuff.
    excalibur2on November 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat love song, nothing more for me to say!!!
    pgtallon May 04, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmy favorite song from The Eagles!!
    so relaxing, but the lyrics speak
    nojelly4uon September 09, 2009   Link

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